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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2019 11:59 a.m. PST

"In 316 BC war broke out once again between Rome and the Samnite tribes of the central Apennines the third such conflict between the Italian belligerents since their initial clash in 343 BC. This new conflagration was to become the longest period of sustained warfare between the two powers, eventually, during its course widening its scope of contestants to include the Sabellians of the Abruzzi and the cities of the Etruscan League. The initial five years of this new war, however, only concerned the forces of the Romans and the Samnites and it is this phase of the third war's operations which is covered in this study. The next and final phase of this war (311 304 BC) will be analysed in a later document. During the fighting in these years Rome's military endeavors gained in scope and scale, as it punched and counter-punched with its Samnite foe. The standard compliment of the army had by now very likely increased from two to four legions, as necessity demanded and as new manpower resources came online from the maturing sections of Rome's expanding hegemony. The evolution of the manipular legion and its attendant battle tactics would have continued apace during these years, driven by the realities of fighting war against the rustic but martial mountain tribes of the central Apennines, although it is impossible to trace any details of this metamorphosis from the extant sources. The planting of new colonies once again makes an appearance, along with, significantly, the commencement of Rome's first military road-building project. Against this growing Roman menace, the Samnites tribes waged war as best they could, against a foe which continued to grow stronger…"
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Personal logo Dschebe Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2019 11:01 p.m. PST

Very interesting. Thanks Armand.

Enric.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2019 10:44 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)

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Armand

MiniPigs13 Oct 2019 7:59 p.m. PST

That is interesting indeed.

I understand Samnites are a very good looking army, if one likes color and pattern variety. What maker produces the nicest 28mm Samnites? I merely ask.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2019 10:41 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it too my friend!.

Hope it helps you!

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